Read Any Good Books Lately?

Magazine Issue
Spring 2021


In addition to contributing dozens of articles to national publications, McKay School faculty members have also participated in the publication of several books over the past few years. Here is a look at some of the fruits of their labors, which reflect the breadth and depth of McKay School faculty contributions to worldwide developments in education. 

A picture of the eight books recently published by McKay School faculty


Deepening Students’ Mathematical Understanding with Children’s Literature 


Publication Year: 2018 
Faculty Contributor: Terrell A. Young, Teacher Education 

Classroom teachers in early childhood and elementary grades will find this book’s extensive annotated bibliography, in development for years, to be a resource they can’t live without. It offers a brief description of hundreds of literature titles that are grouped by grade spans and paired with related research and/or ways to use the literature in mathematics. 

K–12 Blended Teaching: A Guide to Personalized Learning and Online Integration 


Publication Year: 2019 
Faculty Contributor: Charles R. Graham, Instructional Psychology and Technology 

This is a free, open educational text that focuses on helping teachers develop key competencies for blended teaching. A foundation of technology skills and dispositions helps teachers strengthen competency in online integration, data practices, personalization, and online interaction. 

Children’s Literature, Briefly 


Publication Year: 2020 
Faculty Contributor: Terrell A. Young, Teacher Education 

This introduction to children’s literature genres leaves time to actually read children’s books. Written on the assumption that the focus of a children’s literature course should be on actual books that children read, the authors first wrote this book in 1996 as a “textbook for people who don’t like children’s literature textbooks.” Today, the updated version serves as an overview to shed light on essentials of children’s literature and how to use the literature effectively with young readers from pre-K to eighth grade. 

Designing Surveys for Evaluations and Research 


Publication Year: 2020 
Faculty Contributor: Randall S. Davies, Instructional Psychology and Technology 

In conducting survey research, it is essential to “recognize, attend to, and address threats to validity by designing and creating good surveys,” author Randall Davies wrote in this manual for creating effective surveys and using them in research. Designing Surveys for Evaluations and Research is available as an online open educational resource at edtechbooks.org. 

Design for Learning: Principles, Processes, and Praxis 


Publication Year: 2020 
Faculty Contributors: Jason K. McDonald and Richard E. West, Instructional Psychology and Technology 

Big changes have swept through the fields of instructional design and learning technology since many of the classic texts on those subjects were written. This new work, while respecting the traditions of instructional design, offers an update in how instructional design is taught— accommodating thinking as a way of investigating learning problems, designing effective learning solutions, and testing them so that they fit into the correct contexts. 

Blended Learning: Research Perspectives, Volume 3 


Publication Year: Fall 2021 
Faculty Contributor: Charles R. Graham, Instructional Psychology and Technology 

This edited research volume shares research related to the advantages, opportunities, and challenges of blended teaching and learning, with participation from more than 50 researchers. Book sections include, among others, student and faculty issues, K–12 blended teaching, and adaptive learning. 

Blended Learning for Inclusive and Quality Higher Education in Asia 


Publication Year: 2021 
Faculty Contributor: Charles R. Graham, Instructional Psychology and Technology 

This edited research volume focuses specifically on blended learning efforts in Asian universities. Chapters highlight research examining disciplinary blended practices in the arts, humanities, language, science, engineering, social sciences, and education. 

The Students We Share: Preparing U.S. and Mexican Educators for Our Transnational Future 


Publication Year: 2021 
Faculty Contributor: Bryant Jensen, Teacher Education 

Chapters in this volume aim to help educators on both sides of the United States–Mexico border understand the strengths and needs of transnational students. With recommendations for policymakers, administrators, professors, teachers, and researchers, The Students We Share shows how preparing teachers is our shared responsibility and opportunity. The book also describes ongoing partnerships across borders to prepare teachers who will help our shared students thrive. 

 

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